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Robert James Fischer vs E Longcobe
Simul, 57b (1964) (exhibition), Houston, TX USA, Mar-28
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1-0



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Aug-31-06  blingice: [Event "AUTO-OPEN-372"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2006.8.30"]
[Round "1"]
[White "blingice"]
[Black "crister"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1642"]
[BlackElo "1834"]
[ECO "C41"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nc6 4. Bb5 Bd7 5. Nc3 g6 6. dxe5 dxe5 7. Bxc6 Bxc6 8. Qxd8+ Rxd8 9. Nxe5 Ne7 10. Bg5 Bd7 11. Nd5 Rc8 12. Nf6+ Kd8 13. Nxf7# 1-0

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One of my best attacking games with an interesting checkmate at the finish (and against a much better opponent...)

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  beatgiant: Is this game score incomplete? Resignation in the final position looks premature.
Sep-01-06  Confuse: <beatgiant> it kinda looks zugzwangish to me for black. whats the next move?
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  beatgiant: <Confuse>
<it kinda looks zugzwangish to me for black. whats the next move?>

I don't know, I have not done any deep analysis. I agree White's advantage looks like enough to win, but I'd expect a few more moves.

Off the top of my head, are a few possibilities from the final position:

23. Bd4 h5 24. h3 Kd8 25. Bd4 g4 26. hxg4 hxg4 27. fxg4 Rxe4 28. Bxf6 Rxg4 29. Be4 Rc4


23. g4 Re7 24. Bd4 Rf7

Again, I think White would win but I think most simul players would probably have the curiosity to see how Fischer would finish it.

Sep-01-06  RookFile: This suggests that Longcode was a pretty strong player. You play a move like 23. Bd4, and after a while you realize that black is reduced to a few meaningless pawn moves before he is in total zugzwang.
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  beatgiant: <RookFile>
I wasn't able to find the quick zugzwang after 23. Bd4 as you mentioned. To me, it looks like at least Black can always temporize by moving his king back and forth. If indeed there is a quick zugzwang, could you post a sample line?

The easiest winning plan I found for White is 23. g4 Re7 24. Bd4 Rf7 25. Ke2. With the kingside frozen, White is threatening to march the king to a6, followed by Rb8 and Kb7 driving off the knight and winning the a-pawn. That plan would take another dozen moves or so to accomplish.

Of course, there can be individual opinions about when to resign. I was just wondering if I'd overlooked something much more immediate here.

Dec-01-14  TheFocus: From a simul in Houston, Texas on March 28, 1964.

Fischer scored +51=3-3.

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